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Originally posted on First Night Design in 2013.

The origin of this image is unknown, which suggests it is rare.  At a guess, it dates from the late 1910s or early 1920s and was possibly the cover of a ballet and theatre periodical.  It is an image I fell in love with  a couple of years ago when I was exploring Vintage Art Download, an exquisite site full of vintage images — some very rare — offered for sale by Mindy Sommers of Color Bakery.

 

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Ballet and Theatre Pillow
Ballet and Theatre Pillow

The origin of this image is unknown, which suggests it is rare.  At a guess, it dates from the late 1910s or early 1920s and was possibly the cover of a ballet and theatre periodical.  It is an image I fell in love with  a couple of years ago when I was exploring Vintage Art Download, an exquisite site full of vintage images — some very rare — offered for sale by Mindy Sommers of Color Bakery.

Click here for all other products with this image.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Ever since I set up my wares online I have been delighted, surprised and enchanted by the treasury of fellow artists.  There is so much talent out there to be discovered and who would know when relying only on traditional art galleries or high street greeting card shops?  There are one or two galleries in my local area and I almost never see work that appeals to me.  Today’s post, then, is my tribute to the artists on Zazzle and RedBubble that I have discovered whose work has inspired me and whose comments have encouraged my own endeavours.
Susan Payne-Trutna is a traditional artist from California who works mostly in oils, although the example I have chosen is actually beautifully executed in charcoal.
Mindy Somers runs Color Bakery, an outlet selling art on high-end home decor. Mindy creates digital glories such as the picture above.

Schattenwelt is a fan of the ‘dark arts’ when it comes to her work – not, I hasten to add, of the Harry Potter variety but far darker and more mysterious. Raven’s World was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.  As Schattenwelt says in her description, ravens are highly intelligent birds and said to be messengers from the underworld.

Gregory Gallo aka arteology is a complete one-off, a self-taught artist whose work brings to mind Native American art and who constantly surprises me.
Trees are an overriding feature of Itaya Lightbourne’s work. With so many delectable landscapes to choose from, I decided on Daydream as I had not previously seen the painting and was immediately taken with it.
Lou Jover‘s work is deceptively simple and speaks volumes.
South African artist and naturalist Maree Clarkson does enchanting watercolours.
 DAVINA NICHOLAS
Davina Nicholas works in various mediums, including digital, and produces exquisite abstracts in magnificent colours.  I find her art almost edible!
 CHRIS ARMYTAGE
 
Chris Armytage’s work has a nostalgic feel created by the way in which she adds textured layers to her photographs. Being of a nostalgic bent myself, I always look forward to her new creations.
If fantasy is up your street, then Gatterwe‘s work will beguile, whether it’s a ghost ship, as above, angels and mermaids or even a pregnant fairy!
Along with Susan Payne-Trutna and Mindy Somers, Patricia Carlson was one of the first artists I met on Zazzle and whose support I treasure. All three have encouraged me to believe in myself as an artist and for that I bless them. Having started with Susan’s charcoal drawing, it seems fitting to close with one of Pat’s paintings, a glorious rendition of a peacock.
Take care and keep laughing!
Sarah

When I first joined the Zazzle community to sell my designs, I was very taken with the supportive environment.  Mindy Sommers was one of the first artists to visit First Night Design and comment on my work and when I visited her gallery, Yesterday’s Girl, I found myself in heaven!  I find her art so rich and varied, so beautiful and enticing.  Alongside her own work she sells a vast array of digitally restored vintage images from travel posters and classic advertising to the Masters, whether Klimt or Matisse, Monet or Mucha.

Mindy also has her own offline shop, Color Bakery, where she sells her work on tiles adorning tables, mirrors, clocks and many other home decor objects. Below is one of her designs being sold on Zazzle.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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